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Subject: Any rules AGAINST giving away my ebooks to members on here?
Date Posted: 9/13/2009 11:29 PM ET
Member Since: 3/24/2009
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I have a ton of ebooks saved on my comp and before I offer them, I just want to make sure there is nothing against the rules. I mean they are mine, and it would be just like loaning the book out, right? Anyway, I have tons of wishlist books so if its okay, I plan on offering them to you guys... :-)

Date Posted: 9/13/2009 11:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/31/2005
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It's illegal, doesn't matter if you bought and paid for them, you cannot give them to anyone.

Date Posted: 9/14/2009 11:05 AM ET
Member Since: 1/28/2009
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Copied from the web. Hope this helps..

"When you buy a regular old book, CD or DVD, you can turn around and loan it to a friend, or sell it again. The right to pass it along is called the "first sale" doctrine. Digital books, music and movies are a different story though. You just get a license to the e-books—you're not paying to own 'em, in spite of the use of the term "buy." Digital retailers say that the first sale doctrine—which would let you hawk your old Harry Potter hardcovers on eBay—no longer applies.  It's a license you can't sell. If you do it becomes an illegal act tantamount to Xeroxing your Harry Potters. You'd have to sell the physical media where the "original" download is stored. Your license to read the book is unlimited, but to give it away or sell the e-book is illegal, because you are illegally reproducing something that you do not own the rights to. "

Last Edited on: 9/15/09 9:59 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 11:02 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2009
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how the heck would you even transfer them so someone else too unless they lived by you and you saved them to some kind of drive.  is there some other way i'm missing other than the illegal downloading sites? 

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 6:25 PM ET
Member Since: 7/14/2007
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It may depend on where you got it.  I think that Sony sells you DRM rights to download a book to 6 devices - so essentially you're buying the right to share those books a limited number of times. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2009 9:45 PM ET
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All you have to do is email them. I know because I review ebooks, don't share them :) lol

Last Edited on: 9/22/09 9:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/24/2009 11:22 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Where you purchased the e-book doesn't matter, it depends on the legal rights of the publisher (not the retailer). Transfering ownership of e-books is considered illegal. 

Once asked Elloras Cave about their e-books appearing on e-bay.  I was quickly informed that they do not license their e-publications for resale (despite seller claims) and all such sales were illegal and they would appreciate receiving notification of such activity.

ETA - If transferring e-books was legit Christy, PBS would definately have threads dedicated to swapping!!

Last Edited on: 9/24/09 11:25 AM ET - Total times edited: 2